5 year old buck +
Japanese barberry is a low growing, usually under 6 foot tall, spiny shrub that does well in a variety of soils, and in shade to sunny locations. It is deciduous, did I mention spiny? and worthless to deer as far as something to eat. It is however good at providing cover on the ground under large overstory trees. It is listed as invasive by many states. The trick with thinking about eradicating it is that any of the native plants that would grow where it does tend to get browsed out of existence by the hungry hollow haired hoards. On my parcel in particular, I would say there is about 10 acres of it where it is almost the exclusive ground cover under the large oaks, beech, hickory, and even under some of the large osage thickets. Do others face this plant? how do you see it at your place? Are there any programs to assist in its removal? If there was a use for this stuff, I'd be rich I guess.